Borussia Dortmund look set to be without their captain Marco Reus for at least a month after he picked up an injury in Tuesday’s DFB Cup defeat at Werder Bremen.
On Wednesday the club announced that the 30-year-old Germany attacker, who has scored 11 league goals this season, will be out for several weeks due to a muscle injury.
“According to an initial assessment by BVB’s medical department, Reus can start training with the team again in about four weeks,” a club statement read.
Last season’s Bundesliga runners-up must play five games before the end of February alone, starting with Saturday’s trip to fifth-placed Bayer Leverkusen. As well as that game, Reus seems certain to sit out further league matches against Eintracht Frankfurt, Werder Bremen and Freiburg, as well as the first leg of their UEFA Champions League last-16 tie against Paris Saint-Germain on 18 February.
The talismanic attacking midfielder must also be considered a doubt for the second leg of that tie with the French champions – due to take place in Paris on 11 March – as well as the trip to face his former club Borussia Mönchengladbach four days beforehand.
On-loan Juventus midfielder Can came on for his Dortmund debut to replace Reus, whose injury could result in US teenager Reyna playing a key role in the title race.
Seventeen-year-old Reyna – who got his first senior goal in the defeat at Bremen – only made his Bundesliga bow in his side’s 5-3 win at Augsburg last month.